No 1

flooding thru all halls,
steppin’ down from
the high wire
,

a blind man trips over
his blue balls
,

narrow in escaping singe
of homespun flame,

wheels spin until they stall
spokes dissolve in man’s
free fall
,

face’s selfie-side is velcroed
to cell’s lone padded
wall
..

suckling tail of flimsy
robe like it’s hard
candy

cheeks puffed out like
frog that swallows
all toads
,

but sucks hard
candy..

by the trash
load.

man leaks a raspy shriek
like shrek.

oh heck,

seems he’s gone caught his
tongue in teeth of one
sharp zipper,

then managed to bang splinted
shin on rounded table
corner,

only to strike a new-slinged
wing on marble
counter
.

hear that?

man commencin’ final
tick-down on nubs
of missing
fingers

10, 9, 8..

still not feelin’
any great.

..7, 6, 5..

chews his jaw
gone
..

..4, 3, 2..

picks at skins like glue,
can’t see any sign
of sun..

can you?

just dark spots over
tin roof’s rain
..

seems i forgot a number,
guess it never
came
,

.. just harder
rains

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Glare of Threat

death’s threat caught
her absent glare

through jungle
of hair,

the foul fantasy emerges
from crackling pit with
drawn up papers
and loaded
pen

just needs proper sanction
sealed in bitter
blood

on these double
lines

granting permission
to begin,

to bring the
flood.

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Sibling Anxiety (Eggshells in the Carpets)

dear sister, sorry you missed
the chance to know
dear brother,

ever the sleepless fear
just down the hall,

still galaxies away,
never found the heart or
even thought to bother
,

couldn’t see your raft sails or
curly pigtails through the
swallowed fumes midst our
bathroom clutter,

was too busy smashing windows thru
mirrors with fists haunted
by hammers,

dear sister, sorry you missed
the chance to know
dear brother,

though, in truth i’m so
relieved we never
bothered
,

it’s hard to speak with
voices smothered.

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pouring trees

raining tree

slipped joints run lengths

from pouring tree,

 

lank and drippy, drooping

sorry sermons strain boughs

leaking bourbon

 

a sunken story

place to be,

 

just slippery sky and

flea parties.

© Anthony Gorman 2019

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